More Iowa farmers are cutting corn for silage this summer due to the extreme heat, dryness and crop conditions. Because of the increased silage production, the possibilities for silo gas and related health issues have increased, according to Chuck Schwab, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach farm safety and health specialist.
Harvest is a prime time for agricultural fires, even when the weather has not been warm and dry. This year, the normal harvest dryness will be intensified because of the drought conditions and the potential for agricultural fires has increased above normal as well.
Answers to farm safety and health questions, case studies and a calendar of farm safety related events are available on one website – eXtension.org. Farm safety and health is the most recent community of practice, or topic area, to launch on the national research-based information and education site.
A new smartphone application from the North Dakota State University Extension Service will help motorists prepare for winter weather travels. And should they get stuck in winter weather, the app provides on-the-spot assistance.
Vehicle drivers will be encountering slow-moving agricultural equipment on Iowa roadways as harvest gets under way. When all drivers understand agricultural equipment movement and proper signage, and how to approach the equipment, roadway safety becomes a shared responsibility.